Scotland’s oldest breeding osprey has hatched two more chicks19/05/2009 13:44:34 46 offspring from 1 female osprey
May 2009. The hatching of two osprey chicks at Loch of the Lowes wildlife reserve marks another successful breeding year for Scotland's oldest known breeding osprey. Sadly the younger chick has died in the recent rains, but there is still hope for the third egg, which is yet to hatch.
Peter Ferns, SWT Visitor Centre Manager, said: "Our first chick hatched on Friday evening (15 May), and the second chick followed less than 11 hours later. This is an amazing feat for our 24 year old osprey. This year is the 40th anniversary of both the opening of the Loch of the Lowes wildlife reserve and the appearance of the first breeding osprey here, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate. We are still holding our breath in anticipation for the third egg which is due to hatch over the following days.
24 hour nest watch
"The osprey as well as the other wildlife here on the reserve attracts over 20,000 visitors each year. Our high definition cameras make viewing the ospreys all the more exciting and enjoyable as you have an intimate view of exactly how ospreys behave in the wild and how they start off life to how they breed and rear their chicks ready for the big bad world."
SWT's Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre is open all year, offering visitors the chance to observe wildlife in its natural setting while ensuring minimum disturbance to the animals.